The Reading School District located between Harrisburg and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania has a unique opportunity to be a part of an administrative team that has a proven record of making significant strides to address student achievement and equity gaps. The Reading SD seeks a senior high school principal who is committed to students and their success. The senior high school is an urban Title I school and enrolls over 3,500 students. Students come to Reading Senior High from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Twenty-five percent of the district’s students are English Language Learners.
The district is the fourth largest district in Pennsylvania and the sixth largest employer in Berks County, PA. This is an extraordinary opportunity to be a difference maker for the county, the community, and the students they serve.
Applications are now being accepted until the position is filled.
Desired start date: As soon as can be mutually agreed upon.
School District Position Description Position Title: Building Principal – Reading High School
Position Range: Range 1
Reports To: Assistant Superintendent
Supervises: Administrative, professional, and support staff
Position Goal: To provide leadership and direction for the building’s instructional program to ensure fair and consistent application of policies, regulations, and procedures and ensure the academic success of all students served.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:
- Establishes and maintains an effective learning and culturally sensitive climate designed to meet the needs of all learners.
- Effectively implements the instructional program in accordance with District policies, procedures, protocols, and applicable collective bargaining agreements, including, but not limited to, initiating, designing, and implementing programs to meet specific needs; assisting in the development, revision, and evaluation of the curriculum; scheduling of staff and students; etc.
- Implements, with fidelity, policies, procedures, and protocols established for students, staff, and visitors.
- Collaborates and works effectively as a member of the administrative team to ensure consistency across the district with regard to the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures.
- Fosters positive school-community relationships.
- Integrates pupil personnel, special education, and English as a Second Language services within the building and ensures overall compliance with regulations, policies, and procedures associated therewith.
- Participates in the active recruitment, selection, and orientation of staff.
- Implements staff development in the building.
- Supervises, observes, and evaluates all building personnel in accordance with District processes, procedures, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.
- Oversees in collaboration with appropriate Central Office personnel all building operations and maintenance to ensure the safety and effective administration of the school plant.
- Assists in the recommendation and development of a school-wide budget and then administers same in accordance with District policy, procedure, and protocol.
- Ensures adequate inventory, security, and accountability for all building property and supplies.
- Maintains and controls the various local funds generated by student activities in accordance with District policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Subject to District-wide initiatives and programs, establishes and maintains high standards of student conduct and enforces discipline as necessary ensuring due process right of all students.
- Supervises and maintains all required records, including, but not limited to, those associated with budget; purchasing; and student attendance, progress, health, and discipline.
- Oversees, coordinates, and/or attends school-sponsored activities, programs, functions, and athletic events.
- Prepares and oversees the preparation of all required reports; maintains required records; and ensures complete, accurate, and communication with Central Office administration on all matters impacting school community.
- Plans and supervises fire drills and an emergency preparedness program in accordance with District policy, procedures, and protocol.
- Cooperates with college and university officials regarding teacher training and preparation, along with finding ways to help students prepare for higher education..
- Works collaboratively with appropriate Central Office personnel and assumes ultimate responsibility for all school-related public relations and communications.
- Maintains a positive, collaborative working relationship with the Board of Directors, District and school staff, and community agencies.
- Consistently represents the District in a positive and professional manner.
- Actively participates in and successfully complete required trainings, in-service programs, workshops, and meetings.
- Assumes responsibility for personal professional growth and development and keeps abreast of changes and developments in the educational field.
- Adheres to all federal, state, and local laws, as well as District policies, procedures, and contractual obligations in areas of responsibility.
- Ability to be in regular and consistent attendance throughout the work year.
- Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of promoting student achievement.
- Perform such other duties as requested/assigned by the Assistant Superintendent and/or Superintendent of Schools, as this job description does not constitute an exhaustive list of responsibilities; and management may revise it at any time.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Appropriate Master’s Degree required; Minimum five years teaching experience preferred (also preferred at applicable grade level). Three (3) years building level or related supervisory/administrator experience required. Demonstrated leadership ability and knowledge in instructional best practices is required.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Teaching Certificate, PA Administrative Certification – K-12 Principal (or appropriate level K-6 or 7-12 Principal Certification)
- Experience working in urban environments and those which serve a large number of special education and ELL students is strongly preferred.
- Cultural sensitivity and competence and a commitment to equity in all aspects of the educational process is a must.
- Experience and expertise in office technologies, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications, and the ability to learn new technology quickly.
- Strong verbal, written, and overall communication skills.
- Proven planning, organizational, and project management skills.
- Proven track record of integrity, good moral character, flexibility, adaptability, good judgment, initiative, dependability, effective time management, and even-temperedness.
- Strong interpersonal skills evidencing the ability to effectively interact and work with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to, students, staff, administrators, parents, and the community, evidencing high quality customer service, tact, patience, and courtesy under often stressful circumstances.
- Ability to work independently, utilize good judgment, interpret regulations and procedures, and problem solve issues involving several concrete variables in standardized situations through gathering, assembling, analyzing, and evaluating facts and other evidence.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and proven ability to utilize discretion regarding matters involving students and families.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret common professional and technical journals, financial reports, governmental regulations and legal documents.
- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from the public, staff, regulatory agencies, or members of the community.
- Ability to write reports, correspondence and procedure manuals.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions and concerns from professional and support staff, public groups, governmental agencies and District Administrators.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to work with mathematical concepts.
- Ability to apply concepts such as fractions and percentages.
- Ability to apply financial concepts.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure and spelling.
- Ability to compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs.
- Ability to organize office setting to efficiently accomplish tasks.
- Ability to work under the supervision of the Assistant Superintendent and make appropriate work-related decisions.
- Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions.
- Must be courteous and able to deal effectively with people.
- Must be cooperative, congenial and service-oriented.
- Ability to operate a computer and related software.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, bend, twist and stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include vision and depth perception. Some driving is necessary.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Position demands meeting deadlines with severe time constraints and the ability to work additional time in order to meet reporting deadlines.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Full-time (12-month) exempt position. Salary and benefits consistent with the District’s approved Compensation and Benefits Plan and/or Act 93 Agreement.
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with the Public School Code of 1949, as amended, and Board policy.
Date: 12/05 (TC) Revised: 06/16 (KBG)
The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the Department of Human Resources of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
The Reading School District is an equal opportunity employment, educational, and service organization.